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Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential polls kick off

Arab World Materials 23 May 2012 08:12 (UTC +04:00)
Millions of Egyptians will head to polling stations across the country Wednesday to cast their ballots in Egypt's first genuine multi-candidate presidential election, Ahram Online reported.
Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential polls kick off

Millions of Egyptians will head to polling stations across the country Wednesday to cast their ballots in Egypt's first genuine multi-candidate presidential election, Ahram Online reported.

Voters have 11 candidates to choose from, with several frontrunners leading recent independent polls: Abdel-Moneim Abul Fotouh, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader and centrist Islamist candidate; Ahmed Shafiq, ousted president Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister; Amr Moussa, a former Mubarak-era foreign minister and one-time secretary-general of the Arab League; Hamdeen Sabbahi, a Nasserist candidate with a recent surge in support from revolution-allied figures; and Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate.

Wednesday's and Thursday's first round of presidential elections, however, will not transpire without certain deep-seated worries. Ambiguities weigh heavy ahead of these historic polls, namely the fact that the new president could begin his tenure in the absence of a constitution determining his responsibilities and powers.

By most accounts, 30-40 million (60-75 per cent of eligible voters) are expected to head to the polls on Wednesday out of a total of 53 million eligible voters.

The last time Egyptians went to the polls in September 2005 to vote, in what authorities sold as "multi-candidate presidential elections," the now-defunct National Democratic Party secured 87 per cent of the vote (6.3 million votes), thereby extending Mubarak's reign.

In November and December of 2011, more than 30 million Egyptians (60 per cent of eligible voters) participated in the country's first post-uprising parliamentary election, which handed Egypt's Islamist forces - repressed for decades under the former regime - a deciding majority.

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